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23 December 2005

VICE President and concurrent Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairman Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro formally announced yesterday that the Philippine National Railway (PNR) right-of-way from Caloocan to Malolos, Bulacan is already free of informal settler families and commercial establishments.

PAVING WAY FOR MANILA-SUBIC-CLARK TRIANGLE. Vice President and Concurrent HUDCC chair Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro is in high spirits as he leads the ceremonial turnover of the Certificate of Completion of the clearing operations for the 32.70 Km PNR right-of-way property in the Kaloocan City-Bulacan Segment (Phase 1) of the Northrail Project from NHA GM Federico Laxa (left) to the North Luzon Railway Corporation President Jose Cortez; Jr. (right) held at the old PNR station in Malolos, Bulacan. (OVP photo by Egay Montaña 12/23/05)

De Castro made the announcement during the official turnover of the 32.7 kilometer-PNR right-of-way from the National Housing Authority (NHA) to the North Luzon Railway Corporation (NLRC) in Malolos, Bulacan.

“It has indeed been a daunting task for us over the past 12 months. Nonetheless, we are inspired by the success of the relocation program,” De Castro said.

De Castro said the clearing operations for the Northrail Project involved the resettlement of more or less 20,000 families in such a short time. Thus far, it is the biggest urban renewal program in the country. “Despite drawbacks along the way, we are truly proud of this undertaking,” he said.


FREE MEDICAL-DENTAL SERVICES FOR NORTHVILLE ‘VILLAGERS’.  Vice President and concurrent HUDCC chair Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro visits the medical – dental mission hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Northrail relocatees at Brgy. Bangkal, Malolos, Bulacan. (OVP photo by egay montaña)

The Vice President lauded the NHA led by its general manager Frederico Laxa for a job well done. He also thanked the mayors of Kalookan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Guiguinto, Balagtas and Malolos and other supporters of the undertaking such as the PNR, NLRC, the Homeless Peoples’ Federation, other peoples’ organizations, the private sector donors and, the diocese of Malolos, among others, that played relevant roles to make the first phase of the clearing operations a big success.

The provision of shelter security to more than 20,000 poor families who used to reside along the railways is another success, according to De Castro. “Iyan pa lang ay napakalaking bagay na dahil sa maikling panahon ay nagawa nating lutasin ang matagal nang problema sa pabahay ng mga taga-northrail,” he said.

Yesterday’s ceremony signaled the start of the train rehabilitation that shall pave the way for the development of the Manila-Subic-Clark Triangle. De Castro said that just like the rehabilitation process, his work to ensure a new life for the relocates is just beginning.

“As I have committed to the families, I will not stop until I am assured that these families are provided with all the requirements and facilities for a livable community,” “My work in building real communities is just starting. I bank on your continuing support,” he said.

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